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Security film proves a deterrent

AN UNPROTECTED window can render even the best security system useless, says Glass Security Services sales director Lloyd Gaunt.

“An alarm only tells people when somebody has broken in,” Mr Gaunt said.

The company’s core product, Clearsteel, is a film imported from the US. The film can be cut quite easily until it is fitted to glass.

Mr Gaunt said the film would not stop the glass from breaking but would hold it together and maintain a barrier.

“The glass is designed to hold the intruder up,” he said. “The amount of noise a burglar would have to make to break in is a deterrent in itself.

“The increase in home invasions put this business on the map. Our market research found that even the Clearsteel sticker is a deterrent.

“The spinoff from that is we now offer a range of products from a domestic deterrent up to bullet resistant glass.”

The company is so certain its products will stall a burglar, it offers to pay $500 of the customer’s insurance excess if a burglar breaks in through a window.

Mr Gaunt said an average four bedroom, two bathroom house could be fitted with Clearsteel for between $1,200 and $2,000.

The company also sells a range of security glass – two pieces of glass with the Clearsteel film in between.

“We came out with it to get around the problems of putting our film onto toughened safety glass,” Mr Gaunt said.

Toughened safety glass will withstand impacts on the centre of the pane. However, hit it on the edge of the glass and the window explodes.

Mr Gaunt said his company was the only one that had its glass film approved by the Ministry of Justice.

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